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Diploma in Aged Care and Disability Practice Level 5

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65 weeks

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Earn more while doing what you love. Supercharge your health career with Ignite Colleges’ Healthcare Level 5 Diploma programme. With a great blend of practical work and theory, plus a 200-hour clinical placement, you’ll be in hot demand with employers once you graduate.

What will I learn?

This programme is ideal for those with experience in the sector, those wishing to enter the sector and professionals who are seeking development opportunities to broaden their knowledge and skills base within the aged care and disability support settings.

You will cover:

  • Apply person-centred approaches to support people with complex needs
  • Dementia support and care
  • Cultural competencies
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Self-reflection and peer mentoring
  • Medical conditions and their impact
  • Managing health and safety in the workplace
  • Health models and approaches for patient support
  • Work experience

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for healthcare support workers are good, thanks primarily to New Zealand’s aging population, and the increasing demand this is putting on our healthcare services. And while many care workers are employed in hospitals and nursing homes, there are also excellent opportunities in private home care companies, specialist care providers, church and welfare-based trusts, and home support services run by District Health Boards (DHBs).

Entry-level roles in the health sector include:

  • caregiver
  • healthcare assistant
  • home care support worker
  • hospital orderly
  • nurse aide
  • nursing support and care worker
  • personal care assistant

Entry criteria

This is an ideal programme if you are 17 years or older and want to provide high quality health and wellbeing services for people requiring aged care and disability support. Level 4 is a pre-requisite for Level 5, however exemption from Level 4 is possible if we have evidence that you have sufficient skills and knowledge.

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